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The Roar of the Referees and the Smell of the Hockey Bag in Carleton Place



These boys formed the Carleton Place Juvenile Hockey Club of 1948/1949 and are posing outside the old arena on Beckwith Street. Mose Okilman was coach and Tom Graham the manager.
Front Row: Keith Hamilton, Bill Findlay, Bill Bennett, Harold Ferguson, Murray Sadler, Rackney Kennedy.
Back Row: Alfie Giles, Bud Foxton, Gordie Neil, Ken Kerr, Cleroux, Gordon McNabb, Bill McFarlane, Chris Findlady

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


I used to hate this time of year. All you have to do is look at me and know I am not much of a sports fan. The leaves were changing and the sunny summer air was soon turning into a smell no one would duplicate for any fragrance. I am talking about the “eau de hockey bag” that will now begin bonding with any fresh clean air in your home.

I used to mutter obscenities at those that brought hockey-bag loads of laundry into my laundry room. I do laundry frequently because I prefer to wear clean underwear every day. I can’t understand why hockey players insist on letting their clothing ferment in the bag until someone grabs that sucker and airs it out in the garage. Do we as Mothers really want to know where the source of that smell came from?

Fellas and kids, when you play, you perspire, and that sweat gets into your pads. Then like clockwork, those sweat-soaked pads go into a hockey bag and the real fun gets going. Bacteria come out to multiply like farm rabbits. The organisms, yes organisms, are known to love the dark, love the heat and mate with moisture, After the game, you toss that bag in your car and after bringing it into the house heat is introduced to the equation and— BOOM!

Did you know there is a distant possibility that you might catch a staph infection from some of that hockey equipment bacteria? I said distant– so, don’t go all Gordie Howe on me in the comment section. Think of the individuals that have to clean that bag please. And— for the love of God, I hope you are wearing clean underwear when you put that hockey gear on.

Just think how lucky you are to have all that hockey equipment. In Carleton Place in the 1900s, kids used thick rolls of newspaper as shinguards when they played hockey. Later I heard they graduated to magazines when they played at the arena where the Carleton Place Library now stands. There wasn’t some fancy sticks hanging around at the arena either. Hockey sticks had many a strip of tin tacked on to hold them together. Then a generous portion of electric tape was used to cover the exposed edges of tape. I guess life is simple this time of year: Eat, sleep and play hockey, and don’t forget to shop local.


Don’t forget to support YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS Blade Sports at the arena for all your hockey needs.

75 Neelin St
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 451-1799
They are selling skate cards that are good for 10 sharpens. Regular price would be $70, but with the card you only pay $60.

You should easily sharpen your blades 10 times a season, so $10 in your pocket is better than ours!

You can either keep the card with us for convenience, which a number of people do, or take it with you.


Blade Sports has a faithful following, BUT they still have people daily go to the city for services Blade Sports provide at a very reasonable rate. Every dollar you spend in the city or in another town, due to not being able to find it here or out of a perceived convenience or savings elsewhere is killing Carleton Place.



Just so you do not forget.. and this has been sent to Jennifer Fenwick Irwin of the museum and Joanne Henderson of the arena.. we have more hockey fame in Carleton Place–Thanks to Rick Schnaufer​ here is today’s quiz.

Did you know this Canadian Hockey Hall of Famer comes from Carleton Place? I know I had no idea. It’s James Cooper Smeaton (July 22, 1890 – October 3, 1978) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player, referee and head coach. He served as the National Hockey League (NHL)’s referee-in-chief from 1917 until 1937. Smeaton served as a Stanley Cup trustee from 1946 until his death in 1978. Smeaton was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.Smeaton was born in Carleton Place, Ontario. read more –Click here—https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooper_Smeaton


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I believe Buzz actually played for the Detroit Red Wings. He lived at the corner of Lake Ave. W. and Frank St. on the west side. John Edwards


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Buzz Williams was indeed on contract for the Detroit Red Wings. I pay 9 bucks a month but not going to upgrade to 20 bucks a month to read it LOLOL